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Violet Ingalls

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READSBORO -- Mrs. Violet Gwendolyn “Gwen” (Wheeler) Ingalls, 97, of Brooklyn Street in Readsboro, died Monday evening, March 21, 2005, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, where she was admitted on Saturday, March 19.

She was born in Readsboro on Sept. 23, 1907, a daughter of the late Wilmer Wheeler and Flora May (Jarvais) Wheeler. She attended schools in Readsboro, including the former Readsboro High School.

Mrs. Ingalls was employed as a nurse to Dr. Walsh in the former Readsboro Hospital. Following her marriage, she continued her nursing career as a caregiver to members of the Ingalls family.

She was a faithful member of the Readsboro Baptist Church since 1926.

Mrs. Ingalls enjoyed flower gardening and was a member of the garden club in Windsor. She participated in many flower shows at the Rutland Fair. She also grew violets that she sold at church functions. She enjoyed daylilies and dried flower arrangements. Mrs. Ingalls was well-known for her oral history of the town of Readsboro and was recorded on videotape, along with her late brother Warner Wheeler and Alfred Scaia.

She was the widow of Cecil Arthur Ingalls, who died on Feb. 4, 1979.

They were married on Oct. 20, 1935.

Survivors include one sister-in-law, Mildred Wheeler of Readsboro; many nieces and nephews, including William and Karen Wheeler and Cynthia Hicks of Readsboro, who were her primary caregivers.

Two sisters and five brothers are deceased: Ella Boyce, Harriet Bolner, Deliverance, Samuel, Warner, Adin and Charles Wheeler.

Funeral Services for Violet Ingalls will take place Thursday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Readsboro, with the Rev. John Brigham, pastor, officiating. Burial will be later in the spring in Village Cemetery in Readsboro. Calling hours at the church will be Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Donations to the Readsboro Baptist Church or to the Council on Aging in Jacksonville should be sent in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 23, 2005
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